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Forza franchise director Dan Greenawalt has delivered his verdict on Sony’s Gran Turismo series, saying Polyphony Digital CEO and franchise creator Kazunori Yamauchi “hasn’t done anything for me for years”.

During Microsoft’s E309 media briefing last week, Greenawalt took to the stage to confirm the latest iteration in the Xbox-exclusive racing sim, Forza 3, would be released this October.

The game is seen by Xbox 360 owners as Microsoft’s answer to Sony’s hugely popular Gran Turismo series.

In an interview with following the media briefing, Greenawalt explained his confidence in Forza 3 was fuelled because Gran Turismo 5 "didn't show up" during Sony's press conference.

GT5 was shown in trailer form only during Sony's E309 press conference, and damage modelling was revealed for the first time in the series. Forza 3 was playable on the show floor.

He said: “We watched the Sony press conference and we were like, OK so we just brought what we believe firmly is the best racing game ever made, and our competition didn’t show up. So now you can see why I’m fairly bullish. I hate to sound so cocky but the truth is the stars have aligned. I don’t know how else to say it.”

In December last year Sony's chief executive in southern Europe, James Armstrong, was reported to have revealed to Spanish newspaper El Financiero that Gran Turismo 5 will be released at Christmas 2009.

However, a Sony Computer Entertainment UK spokesperson could only tell at the time: "Polyphony are working on GT5, but we cannot confirm a launch date at this point in time."

For many, the fact that Gran Turismo 5 wasn’t playable at E309 casts doubt on a Christmas 2009 release, although it doesn’t rule it out completely.

When asked if he was surprised by Sony’s conference, Greenawalt replied: “Absolutely. Kazunori Yamauchi-san is someone I have tremendous respect for. I have tremendous respect for the work of team, but I am a GT fan. I bought my first car that I stressed out about buying because I played it in Gran Turismo. I’m in this industry because of that game.

“That said, as a fan of the series, he hasn’t done anything for me in years. So in many ways he’s handing the baton to me. He probably doesn’t see it that way, but I do, because I believe that I’m now taking what he ignited in me as a passion, and taking it to a much, much, much broader level. I’m not saying it’s necessarily larger yet, but definitely broader, younger, older, men, women. So I’m really excited.”

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startover4's Avatar


i cant wait either gt5 definitely better
Posted 03:10 on 08 July 2009
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Kollosson@ renegade

From the first Gran Turismo it has been the racing game that other developers have been chasing, how many times have we heard that a game is a ' GT beater ' GT set the bar high from the start and continued to raise it, polyphony defined the term replay and no one does a replay as pleasing as them, which is one of my major gripes with other racing games.
Polyphony continued to inovate with each version of GT and other games could just copy and try to stay up. Forza 3 looks great but better than GT5 ? i very much doubt it, in terms of development time Polyphony are years ahead of everyone, i was blown away by Forza 3 and how good it looked....untill i saw the new GT5 trailer, its just a different class and i think all the bad mouthing by turn 10 is because they realise that too, the fact that Polyphony felt they did'nt need to show up with GT is testament to how confidant they are in GT5, personally i can't wait !!!
Posted 15:07 on 17 June 2009

renegade@ reddrascal

What top gear said not me, Dont hate.
Posted 14:20 on 12 June 2009


The nice Vid. Pwned Turn 10 now GTFO stupid companies trying to talk big!
Posted 14:20 on 12 June 2009
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Forza 3 Definitive ?
Posted 12:34 on 12 June 2009
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reddrascal@ renegade

nissan gtr super car of the year ?? the 2009 corvette zr1 thrashed it in every department including the lap time for nurburg ring. but on a lighter note i do hope the zr1 and viper acr will be in gt5 ,fingers crossed.
Posted 20:28 on 10 June 2009
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i will probably end up getting both forza 3 and gt 5 when they come out but really gt 5 should be already out thats what Yamauchi gets paid for not helping car companys design cars or car parts his company is owned by sony and make products for sony not anything else if Yamauchi wants to do that tell him to work for a company that does sort of work.
Posted 17:22 on 10 June 2009


Jakseth. Lets be honest, Gt is not going to make up a 20 million short fall. Forza 2 and Gt 5 Pro. That seems fair, Comparing a Full retail game, to a sneak peak of a future game. Dont be silly. Lets wait for Forza 3 and Gt5 and then deside shall we. Not that it matters, People have made up there minds, I bet you have, Because i can assure you, I have.

Oh and what have they been doing? Well making a PSP game? Gt 5 And helping Make 2008s supercar of the year Maybe.
Posted 16:47 on 10 June 2009
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Maybe cocky but hey where was Yamauchi for the last 5 years? creating some ridiculus on board program for Nissan? GT5 prologue??? The first version was so lame they had to add so many things. And still the game is so cold... and lets compared forza 2 to GT5 prologue. Beside the graphic Forza 2 wins it easy! that game is much more interesting and fun!
I used to be a big GT fan but the direction the game is taking and the godlike attitude Yamauchi is making me just wish Forza 3 will beat the hell out of GT5. And to finish... Nascar? WRC? the answers from polyphony to Forza 3 treat were just pathetic.

If Yamauchi would have launched a real and good GT5 in end of 2008 the PS3 would be probably outselling the 360 today.
Posted 10:56 on 10 June 2009
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this guy is way to cocky.
Posted 22:49 on 09 June 2009


Sorry Forza has 400 cars, V Gts 800 So that is Double.... Nice one Forza :S

Ah who am I kidding, Gt FTW. But if i get an Xbox ill probably get it.
Posted 22:01 on 09 June 2009


Nissa GTR Super car of the year as voted by Top gear Viewers. Gt games best Racing or Racing Sim every year they make one :P. TBH Gt5 pro is a great game, and one i would consider at full 40 pound price. But for 20 pound it is only a small peice of what we will see. Also did he not say they will have more cars this gen with around 600? Then to be beaten a day latter By Gt on PSP! With 800? Who knows.
Posted 21:55 on 09 June 2009
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Somebody forgot to tell Dan that while he's busy developing a video game, Kazunori Y and his team at Polyphony Digital designed the multifunction meter for the Nissan GTR and then teamed up with Citroen for the concept (but soon to be in limited production) GT by Citroen. The guy has done so much that companies like Ferrari, the aforementioned Citroen and Nissan and Audi has accepted video games as viable marketing tool. And unlike Dan, Kazunori Y sees GT from a much bigger picture than just being a video game. To him it's and always be about the cars.
And whatever new stuff Turn 10 supposedly introduced to Forza3 has been done before by other games (GRID for the rewind option, Sony's F1 Championship for the one button driving and plethora of earlier sims including GT5 Prologue for the cockpit view). It's fine to be proud of your hard work but please a little bit of respect and certain amount of refrain is always a good thing.
Posted 21:15 on 09 June 2009
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Dan... Ok, I actually planned to give you a huge yel, but I will keep my voice down.

Listen, your game is very good, no doubt. But..
It is nowhere near GT5. GT5 has better graphics no matter how you put it. GT5 has more than twice as many cars as you do, GT5 has dynamic weather and its more realistic than your game. That is not so weird, as it took Polyphony Digital twice the time to develope their game. Dont get me wrong, Forza 3 is a great game, and I will buy it ofcourse :) - But stop saying that your game is better, when you havent even seen the full GT5 game yet. + GT5 is on ps3, which is the better choice of a console.
Posted 20:52 on 09 June 2009
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It's all just media spin. Just go ahhh another throw away comment and be done!
Posted 15:52 on 09 June 2009

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